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When a crisis hits

Bringing a spiritual perspective to daily life

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From household and family emergencies to tragedies that affect an entire population, almost everyone has had to face a crisis of some kind.

In any case, prayer brings a sense of God's loving presence and intelligent control. Both children and parents, citizens and political leaders, can be reassured by prayer that there is a divine power at hand to help. The Bible promises that turning to God, Love, for help will bring an answer, regardless of the situation.

The writer of Psalms assures us: "Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head" (Ps. 3:1-3).

Nothing is beyond the help of God when we seek His infinite mercy. Meekness and humility are wonderful preludes to realizing the immediate help available. Turning to the Lord as "my glory, and the lifter up of mine head" opens thought to previously unexpected solutions, and challenges the tendency to work with information within the four walls of our thinking instead of reaching out to fresh, inspired ideas.

Nothing can stop us from reaching beyond ourselves to ask God, the Creator of the universe, for light, inspiration, and practical help. Asking for help is a sign of open-mindedness and willingness to expand our wisdom and capabilities. It's a sign of strength when the most capable and confident individual turns to God in times of emergency.

Christ Jesus' example of preaching and healing and saving others is unparalleled. Yet, when he faced what seemed a zero hour situation with a man he was asked to heal, he turned to God for help. His friend Lazarus had been dead for four days, making his recovery seem impossible. Even those familiar with his raising others from the dead might have had doubts.


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